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 Apr 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* Donating a computer? Be careful.

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CNet's covering the problem of making sure sensitive information is removed from your hard drive first.

That means that passwords, logins and other personal information could still be lurking on machines that have supposedly been cleaned--a risk that strikes a chord amid reports of laptop thefts exposing sensitive information on thousands of Americans.

Two weeks ago, the National Association for Information Destruction announced that it could not endorse the use of wiping applications alone for deleting data from hard drives. Bob Johnson, executive director at NAID, said the data-destruction industry group would like to be able to recommend the tools, but that tests had left reason to doubt the wiping products.
Be careful out there.
 

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